U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson lowered the boom on “arrogant” Senate GOP leadership as a sufficient number of Republican senators are set to deliver a major pre-Christmas victory to President Joe Biden with the imminent passage of the massive $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill.
The 4,100+ page package which will keep the federal government funded through next September is stuffed with special interest cash completely unrelated to preventing a shutdown, a final expensive giveaway before Democrats and their spendthrift leader Nancy Pelosi cede control over the House of Representatives – and the power over the purse strings – to the opposition party next month.
The Wisconsin Republican who feels that his fellow GOP senators aren’t allowing House Minority Leader and likely next Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy to exercise his leverage to cut out wasteful spending appeared on Fox Business on Wednesday where he discussed the bill with host Larry Kudlow.
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“Part of the problem I’ve had with this from the beginning of the discussions we’ve been having over the last week or two, is that all these — the Senate action by the Senate leadership, the GOP leadership has essentially betrayed the people who voted,” Kudlow said, “millions of people who voted for a Republican House which is coming to power in 13 days, and presumably you could have had a CR to cover that 13 days, and then let the Republican House begin to work its will with a different agenda.”
“Now, I wanted to ask you, I don’t want you to give up state secrets. I know there was a Republican Senate policy lunch today. It has been reported that Kevin McCarthy, the presumed speaker of the House, next Republican speaker, spoke to the lunch against the omnibus bill. Can you tell us anything about that?” Kudlow asked. “Did he make any headway? What kind of discussion occurred when Mr. McCarthy went over to the Senate side?”
Expressing his support for McCarthy’s approach of wanting Republicans in the upper chamber to refrain from supporting the budget-busting colossus until the House can trim the fat, Johnson had the back of his House colleague.
“Mr. McCarthy’s public statements have been that he has been opposed to this omnibus,” Johnson told Kudlow on Wednesday. “He wanted to respect the voters’ wishes and have the House Republicans have a shot making this more fiscally responsible.”
“He didn’t change that stance in our lunch. I think it’s arrogant on the part of Senate leadership — Republican leadership, as well as those voting for this — to think they know better than hopefully speaker future McCarthy,” Johnson continued, not mentioning the name of Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“He was asking to, you know, have confidence in the House members. I’d much rather have confidence in House members on this spending bill than pass this thing but it doesn’t look like that’s what‘s going to happen,” he said.
“Did any — in that Republican policy luncheon — I have spoken with many of them down through the years, did anybody defend McCarthy? Did anybody say hey, this guy is right, we should have given him a shot at it?” Kudlow asked.
“I certainly did. I said what he was saying was music to my ears. He was certainly talking about coordinating at least next year in a more fulsome manner with the Senate,” Johnson said. “Republicans, as we need to do, we need a strategy on these issues. But, again, this is taking this issue away from House Republicans. I just think it’s wrong. And so does he.”
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